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Back to School: Word Walls & Take...

So, word walls… I can sum this one up in four words...

Are you ready?

Kids. don’t. use. them.

Yep, I said it! Let’s keep it real. While the idea of a word wall is a good one, in practice, I just have not found them to be a very effective tool for my students. Even if my words are huge, even if we practice using it together, even if they help me make it, a typical word wall just doesn’t do the trick.

Why? I...

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Cool Ice Cream Facts for National Ice...

 

 

COOL facts about Ice Cream

Did you Know that JULY is National Ice Cream Month  ...

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Using the News in the Classroom:...

 
 
In the News: Flamingo...

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The Real Reason for Lesson Planning

When learning how to lesson-plan, pre-service teachers I work with often notice their mentor teachers rely on shorter, more condensed lesson plans. These student teachers wonder why they are required through coursework to develop lengthy, detailed plans.

I usually fall back on analogies such as learning to drive a car—at first, it takes much thought and conscientious practice to drive, but after gaining experience, the act of driving becomes unconscious.

Similarly, with...

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5 Phases of Program Implementation

B. Harris, a number of years ago, stated that there are five phases frequently involved in the implementation of a new program at the school or district level. He states that these phases come in a sequential order, but they often overlap one another.

Phase one, planning and initiation: The purpose of the program is considered, goals are clarified, activities are selected, and resources needed are considered. Interests mounts as individuals involved sense the...

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Tour de France begins July 7th:...

 

The 2018 Tour de France began on July 7th and ends on July 29th. It's considered the world's biggest and most exciting bicycling...

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Why Student Teachers Struggle (or Don’t...

After serving as a teacher educator for the past two years, I have begun to reflect on why student teachers might struggle as they prepare for the profession. Of course, as in other posts, I don’t proclaim to have all the answers. Rather, I hope by writing this, it prompts discussion and further discourse, research, and contemplation—as preparing teachers is a vastly important endeavor.

Student teachers, such as the ones I work with, often carry heavy coursework loads as...

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Gifted Student Report Cards—Every State...

Historically, gifted education has battled to receive the same attention as other educational areas.

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A Different, “Looser” Look at Classroom...

I know what you’re thinking when you read this blog title: What? Loosen up? My students are not focusing, not listening, getting out of their seats—I need to tighten up!

But stay with me. I’d like to share a different perspective, one that involves how we view students’ behavior and interactions in the classroom.

Recently, I had the opportunity to travel with a group of student teachers to Costa Rica for a study abroad program. The itinerary included spending time in public...

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Brain Factoids for Brain Awareness Month

 
JUNE IS BRAIN AWARENESS MONTH - COOL BRAIN FACTOIDS!...

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